Inhabitat is always interested in finding innovative uses for old technology, and this week we saw artists and designers from around the world produce new things from old, unused or outmoded gadgets. In Osaka, a local goldfish club has been transforming old phone booths into gigantic public fish tanks. In another large-scale art installation, Babis Panagiotidis used 18,000 recycled computer keys to make a life-size rocking horse. London artist Leonardo Ulian also makes beautiful, ornate mandalas from bits and pieces of old circuitry. And Benjamin Yates makes his unique coffee tables from recycled circuit boards, old VCRs and computer components.
A robotic micro-assembly process relies on several thousand flagellated bacteria acting as micro-workers to build a pyramidal structure. Work presented at IROS ’09 by Sylvain Martel and Mahmood Mohammadi from the NanoRobotics Laboratory, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. For more robot news, visit spectrum.ieee.org Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts:
This is a newly discovered species of Yeti (NOT Batman) crab. It’s similar to the other hairy-armed Yeti crabs except this one grows edible bacteria on its arms by methodically waving them around in front of deep sea methane vents. And speaking of deep sea methane vents: blue whales. You don’t want to be sitting in a dinghy when one of those fart bubbles surfaces!
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Ever thought about upgrading your PC by breeding more cores? Or planting a few GBs of extra storage out in the yard? Us neither, until we heard that scientists at Imperial College in London have succeeded in building “some of the basic components of digital devices” out of genetically modified E.Coli. We’ve seen these germs exploited in a similar way before, but Imperial’s researchers claim they’re the first to make bacterial logic gates that can be fitted together to form more complex gates and potentially whole biological processors. Aside from our strange upgrade fantasies, such processors could one day be implanted into living bodies — to weed out cancer cells, clean arteries and deliver medication exactly where it’s needed. So much for Activia.
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You know that movie (go read some IWatchStuff, shit!) ‘Contagion’ coming out tomorrow that I’m not gonna see and will forever make it impossible to Google ‘contagion’ without getting a bunch of movie information first? Well to promote it, Warner Bros. Canada created this “living” billboard by carefully inoculating a giant rectangular petri dish with different bacteria and mold to produce a sign that reads, you guessed it!: CONTAGION. Admittedly, it’s kind of clever. Gross, but clever. Would I still take a bite of it? Not for less than a dollar.
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Few things are quite as exciting as a good old fashioned feud between distinguished scientists. You’ll recall that a scientist, Nasa’s Richard Hoover, published an article last week in The Journal of Cosmology that claimed to have discovered a form of extraterrestrial bacteria on a meteorite. Life, in other words. But hold on! In the days that have since passed a number of scientists have come out agains the claim, saying that the original article was flawed, and, in essence, there’s nothing to see here; move along. What gives?
First, some more background info. The article, Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites, argued that, having found bacteria on certain meteorites, life on Earth “may have come from other planets.” It’s sorta like how Superman crash-landed on Earth: life coming from elsewhere, adjusting to this planet’s climate and eventually thriving.
This, of course, pretty much flies in the face of existing scientific theories about the origin of life on planet Earth, so naturally there was bound to be some opposition.
One such opposer, the University of British Columbia’s Rosie Redfield, said the article was, in essence, a load of bunk, saying that the article may be a lot of things, but it certainly wasn’t science.
A Harvard astronomer, Rudy Schild, said the article, while fun and all, wasn’t properly peer-reviewed. What good is a scientific article if it’s not peer-reviewed? What’s to stop me from writing a post saying I’ve discovered a way to turn old coffee grounds into gold?
The Journal of Cosmology, of course, says that the article was, in fact, peer-reviewed. In fact, it called the article its most reviewed article ever. So go figure.
Does any of this sound familiar? It should. Remember that whole arsenic-using bacteria brouhaha from a few months ago? It’s a similar situation here: scientist makes a grand claim, and other scientists immediately hate on the claim.
As the world turns, I suppose.
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
This week Inhabitat showcased the best and brightest new developments from the world of clean tech. Stanford opened up new horizons for renewable energy as they unveiled a solar technology that can harvest electricity from both heat and light — a significant improvement over photovoltaics, whose efficiency wilts in the sun. We also looked at Pocono Raceway, the recently-crowned world’s largest solar-powered sports facility, and an innovative new type of “Wind Lens” turbine that could increase energy generation by a magnitude of three times.
We also saw green tech take to the skies as Boeing unveiled a super-efficient airplane that could cut fuel consumption by 70% and scientists floated a plan to create gigantic orbiting balloons that could solve our space junk problem. It was a big week for alternative autos as well — Paris announced that it will be launching its Autolib electric car sharing program next year, and a poo-powered VW Bug burned… rubber on the streets of Bristol.
In other news, we showcased an ultra-efficient Danish home that produces more energy than it needs. Future-forward biotech couture was a hot topic as well as scientists found a way to produce spider silk from metabolically engineered bacteria. And we couldn’t help but want to share these adorable and amazingly detailed little LEGO CubeDudes created by PIXAR animator Angus MacLane.
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Shocker: Movie theater 3D glasses carry bacteria With more 3D movies coming to theaters, some might be wondering if the 3D glasses they’re putting on are really clean. Well, Good Housekeeping has the answer, and it won’t make “Avatar” filmgoers too happy.Related Posts:
We recently checked out the Game Gripper, which quickly turns a Motorola Droid keyboard into a gamepad, and when it comes to simplicity and cost it doesn’t get much better than that. But, it isn’t quite the same as a real controller, not not like this creation from Bacteria, creator of many a wonderfully hacked console. Here he took an MSI BGP100 Bluetooth GamePad and stuffed it into a classic SNES controller shell, enabling all the buttons except, sadly, the lowly Select. It’s all demonstrated in a thrilling video after the break that features action, gameplay, and nearly a minute of screw-turning excitement. The best part? He was hired to do this, meaning if you ask nicely (and write a check) he might just make one for you, too.
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